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Linnaya Graf, Ph.D, MSPH, MCHES

Associate Professor, Director of MPH Program

(434) 582-2000



  • Ph.D. in Public Health, Walden University,
  • MSPH, Walden University,
  • MS, Psychology, Walden University
  • BS, in Experimental Psychology, Penn State University


Dr. Linnaya Graf serves as a full-time graduate Associate Professor and the Program Director of the Master of Public Health Program in Public & Community Health at Liberty University. She began her career in social sciences and community health and has specialized in this area with a focus on prevention, health education, research, and resilience. She has since worked in violence prevention, workforce training, therapeutic support, research sciences, stress and burnout prevention, research consulting and academia. Today, Professor Graf thrives working with students who integrate Biblical principles, using research and participatory action research principals applying evidence-based practice to frontline practice with vulnerable populations in the fields of health education and promotion.

Courses Taught

  • HLTH 420: Principles of Behavior Change and Health Counseling
  • HLTH 509: Behavioral and Social Theories of Health
  • HLTH 634: Health Communication and Advocacy
  • HLTH 635: Health Agency Management
  • HLTH 698: Practicum


Select Publications

  • Martin, C., Graf, L., & Esmail, A. (2018). Autism: The role of long term care. LA: Green Legacy Publishing.
  • Toves, R. Graf, L., & Gould, D. (2016). Innovative use of force field analysis: Factors influencing technology-enabled change. Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management, 17, 2, 85-102.
  • Graf, L.M. (3/2015). Critical analysis using four case studies across industries (Chapter 17). In Strang, K.D. (Ed.). Palgrave handbook of research design in business and management. NY: Palgrave-Macmillan ISBN 9781137379924
  • Graf, L.M. (3/2015). Organizing and conducting scholarly literature reviews (Chapter 8). In Strang, K.D. (Ed.). Palgrave handbook of research design in business and management. NY: Palgrave-Macmillan ISBN 9781137379924
  • Graf, L.M., Rea, N., & Barkley, W. (2013). An innovative approach to action research in family violence prevention. Social Change Journal, 5, 1, 58-71. DOI: 10.5590/JOSC.2013.05.1.05
  • 2015-2017, Prevention Fellow for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Fellowship Program. Annual Stipend
  • 2015, Pepper Award: Outstanding Support for Public Education, Northeastern Education Association
  • 2014, Presidential Excellence Award in Teaching, Liberty University
  • 2014, Presidential Alumni Research Dissemination Award, Walden University


Research Interests

  • Application of Research to Practice
  • Stress & Resilience
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Violence Prevention, Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Building Resilient Communities
  • Comprehensive Prevention Planning
  • Spiritual Health as an aspect of Whole Health
  • Whole Health Wellness
  • Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Mental Health & Wellness
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